This Christmas (2007)



Critic Consensus: This Christmas features strong performances and a sharp portrayal of family dynamics, but relies too heavily on holiday movie clichés.

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Upon gathering together under one roof for the first time in seven years, an estranged family celebrating Christmas rediscovers long-forgotten bonds in this holiday family reunion drama starring Delroy Lindo, Regina King, and Mekhi Phifer. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
PG-13 (for comic sexual content and some violence)
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Delroy Lindo
as Joseph 'Joe' Black
Idris Elba
as Quentin Whitfield Jr.
Loretta Devine
as Shirley Ann Whitfield
Chris Brown (II)
as Michael Whitfield
Columbus Short
as LCpl. Claude Whitfield
Regina King
as Lisa Moore
Mekhi Phifer
as Gerald
Keith Robinson
as Devean Brooks
Laz Alonso
as Malcome Moore
Sharon Leal
as Kelli Whitfield
Lauren London
as Melanie Whitfield
Ricky Harris
as Cousin Fred
Haskell V. Anderson III
as Rev. Caldwell
Amy Hunter
as Karen
Brandon Fobbs
as Raynard
Mark Craig
as Officer No. 1
Aviva June
as Tree Lot Attendant
Shelina Wade
as Jazz Songstress
DeNetria Champ
as Gospel Singer
Mirtha Michelle
as Bartender
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Critic Reviews for This Christmas

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (27)

o matter how silly the situation, each member of the uniformly strong cast creates a nice balance between sentimental and sweet -- which is just how every holiday gathering should feel.

Full Review… | November 30, 2007
New York Daily News
Top Critic

This is good-natured, determinedly aspirational African-American entertainment, but did it have to be quite so heavy on the clichés?

Full Review… | November 28, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

I could actually see this becoming kind of a minor perennial during the holidays.

November 27, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

If the real-life Christmas experience tends too often to be marred by the rude contradiction between expectations and reality, movies like the ultra-bland holiday family movie This Christmas are at least partly to blame.

Full Review… | November 23, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

An incoherent mess in which scenes of teary reconciliations sit uncomfortably next to protracted gags involving catfights, car wrecks and a big bottle of baby oil.

November 22, 2007
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Christmas won't wow anyone with its audacity or originality, but it's bound to make plenty of people happy with its slick, crowd-pleasing familiarity.

Full Review… | November 21, 2007
AV Club
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for This Christmas

It was okay for a Christmas movie. Gets a bit sentimental at the end, but I think that's true of most for this genre. On the whole I enjoyed it and it was nice to see a Christmas movie focusing on an African American family. The one thing that really bothered me and is the reason i took a half star off my rating, is because of the baby oil beating scene. Yes, I got that the husband was a liar and sleaze and had been treating his wife like crap for years, but that was really pretty bad. If it had have been the husband doing that to the wife, I don't think it would have been portrayed in a humorous light. Beating is still beating, it is wrong whoever does it. Anyhow, that small issue aside, this was an enjoyable movie, good to watch at Christmas time. Likeable cast and some laughs and dysfunction mixed in with the cheese.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Too much Family Drama Movie for me.

Wahida K
Wahida K

Super Reviewer

Just to watch when you got nothing to do else, it was an ok movie nothing big. A Christmas time drama centered around the Whitfield family's first holiday together in four years

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

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